Question: Executive board members vs. members at large

Do executive board members have final authority on decisions such as events run by committees or does the entire board including members at large need to be included in those decisions? Example: event budget was asked to be increased from approved budget. Can executive board deny increase or does it have to go to vote to entire board?

Asked by Anonymous



Advice from PTO Today

Liz L writes:
Hi - it depends on your bylaws and the decisions being voted on. For example, officers usually make the financial decisions. It's just not practical to have a general meeting vote on every expenditure. On the other hand, if members vote to make or not make an expenditure, the board is obligated to comply with that vote. So in this case if there's a motion to increase the approved budget and the membership at large votes in favor of that, the board should comply.
-Liz from PTO Today

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